Tonight I had the pleasure of going to Carolina Café in Spindale to eat. I saw where they had expanded their hours to 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturdays and decided to give it a try. Previously they were only open Mon-Fri from 7-2.
I am so glad I went. It’s a place that makes you feel welcome from the moment you see it. From the brightly painted window scenes to the comfortable seating it just seems to be a place where the locals all know each other and make newcomers welcome.
I have had their breakfast before, but have never tried lunch or dinner there. Their breakfast is excellent with waffles, French toast, pancakes and the usual breakfast foods. Breakfast is served all day except for pancakes that end at 11 am. I will say the blueberry pancakes are my personal favorite there. (Breakfast is not served on Saturdays when they open from 11:30 to 7:30)
Tonight I had the ribeye steak with macaroni and fried okra. The steak was perfectly cooked and beautifully seasoned. The macaroni was very cheesy and the okra breaded and fried with just the right blend. My companions got the ribeye steak with fries, hamburger steak, beautiful crunchy onion rings, and a side salad. They go there frequently for the delicious hamburgers (their exact words).
All in all it was an extremely pleasant experience. We did have to wait a bit as we got there during a rush of orders but the waitress got our drinks and checked in with us frequently while we waited. I must say it was worth the wait.
Mike and Linda Spina, the owners, came out to speak with us and make sure the meal was to our satisfaction. They apologized about the wait and said they were getting the dinner rush figured out and that it would get better. They sold out both nights on their ribeye special. I think they did a great job for just the second time doing this.
If you get a chance, check them out. They are located on 584 E. Main Street in Spindale. (directly across from Barnes King Tire Company) Just look for the brightly painted windows and full parking lot. Enjoy and have fun – we did.